Farmers are increasingly being warned of the dangers of antimicrobial resistance or AMR. It’s a hot topic as there is an increase in the amount of micro-organisms that are now antibiotic resistant, that is, they are not killed by antibiotics. This can have a massive impact for animal and human healthcare. A recent example of this is with MRSA in humans – an infection that cannot be cured by antibiotics.

Overuse of antibiotics is being blamed for the increase in resistance and, as agriculture is one of the main consumers of antibiotics, farms are being targeted. While dairy, cattle and sheep farm systems do not use as much antibiotics as say the pig or poultry sector, the use of blanket antibiotic treatments is coming under intense scrutiny and reducing antibiotics is a main priority for all farming sectors.